Delhi govt orders restarting registration of diesel vehicles

New Delhi: The Delhi government has ordered
restarting registration of diesel cars and SUVs with engine
capacity of 2000 cc and above on payment of one per cent of
the ex-showroom price of such vehicles as green cess.
    The move comes after the Supreme Court on August 12 lifted
its order banning registration of diesel cars and sport utility
vehicles (SUV) of 2000 cc capacity and above upon one per cent
of the cost of the vehicle deposited with Central Pollution
Control Board by the vehicle manufacturers, dealers or
sub-dealers.
    In an order issued last week, the Transport Department of
Delhi government directed all Regional Transport Officers to
register these vehicles in the capital.
    "All the registering authorities/motor licensing officer
(MLOs) are directed to register diesel cars/SUVs of 2000 cc
capacity and above upon production of the proof of the deposit
of one per cent of the ex-show room price towards Environment
Protection Charge with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),"
the order said.
    With the transport department's order, Mercedes Benz,
Toyota, BMW, Audi and other makers of high-end cars and SUVs
will be able to sell their vehicles having engine capacity of
2000 cc and above.
    A senior government official said the purchaser has to
give one per cent of the cost of the vehicle as Environment
Protection Charge to dealers who will be required to deposit
this amount with CPCB for pollution mitigation efforts.
    In August this year, the apex court had vacated the
embargo on registration of such vehicles after taking on record
the affidavits of Mercedes, Toyota and its dealers as well as
that of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)
offering to deposit one per cent of the price of the vehicles
as EPC before the registration.

PTI